#38 of 46 Pigeon Forge Restaurants

Mama’s Farmhouse

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Enjoy Southern Cooking Family-Style at Mama's Farmhouse
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Bring your appetite when you sit down for a meal at Mama's Farmhouse, because this Southern spot specializes in family-style dining and all-you-can-eat country cooking. Don't miss the mouth-watering fried chicken, the legendary biscuits, or the banana pudding for dessert. Wash your meal down with a jar of sweet tea and start making plans to return to this family-friendly spot every day of your trip.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Whether it’s your first trip to Pigeon Forge or you’ve visited the area more times than you can count, you know that you’ll find some of the nation’s best Southern food right here. After all, the Smokies are smack dab in the heart of Appalachia, where hearty meals are a way of life. When you’re hungry for the best of the best, you can’t dine just anywhere. Look no further than Mama’s Farmhouse, a down-home joint that welcomes you to indulge in your fill of family-style Southern cooking.

A true family restaurant, Mama’s Farmhouse relies on recipes developed by Mama herself, who’s better known to diners as the Johnson family’s great-grandmother. We think you’ll agree that Mama knew her way around the kitchen, as the restaurant’s many foodie awards attest. Mama’s Farmhouse strives to source the tastiest and freshest ingredients and hire the friendliest staff members, so you really can’t go wrong here.

Before you plan your meal at Mama’s Farmhouse, you need to know a little about the restaurant’s setup. This is an all-you-can-eat restaurant, but that doesn’t mean you have to line up for a plate of fried chicken or make a beeline to the buffet to nab a biscuit while it’s still hot. You can eat as much as you’d like here, but the friendly staff at Mama’s serve you family-style.

That means your table will get huge plates of everything you pick. For breakfast, that means a little of everything. For lunch or dinner, that usually means two meats, five sides, and one dessert, plus buttermilk biscuits. Can’t get enough of the broccoli casserole or the chocolate chip cookies? No problem. You can ask nicely for extra plates of all your favorite dishes.

If you’re traveling with kids, a multi-generational family, or picky eaters, Mama’s Farmhouse has the variety of dishes and the extreme deliciousness factor you need to make sure everyone’s satisfied. With a play area and kids’ activities, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy. Since Mama’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you could even plan to eat every meal here. Don’t worry. We won’t tell.

Traveling on a budget? When you dine at Mama’s Farmhouse, you’ll pay per person, which could make this a wallet-friendly option for your family. Each meal has a different price tag, with breakfast being the least expensive, and kids age 6 to 12 pay about half of the price that adults pay. Kids five and under eat free, which is music to many parents’ ears.

So what should you order at this cozy farmhouse-inspired spot? Here are some of the Southern eats you absolutely can’t miss at Mama’s:

  • Buttermilk Biscuits: No one dines at Mama’s Farmhouse without trying a piping hot buttermilk biscuit. These babies won first prize at the 2015 International Biscuit Festival, so you know they’re the real deal. Mama’s biscuits are made from scratch and are available for every meal of the day.
  • Fried Chicken: This classic Southern dish truly shines at Mama’s Farmhouse. In fact, the award-winning fried chicken is such a hit that it’s available for lunch and dinner every day of the week.
  • Turkey and Stuffing: You’ll feel right at home when you indulge in this American classic. At Mama’s Farmhouse, it’s served alongside cornbread stuffing with a generous helping of turkey gravy.
  • Broccoli Casserole: You don’t have to be a green veggie fan to love this side dish. This cheesy casserole is the perfect complement to the fried chicken, and it’s even better with a helping of mashed potatoes.
  • Banana Pudding: It isn’t easy to save room for dessert at Mama’s Farmhouse, but you won’t want to miss the banana pudding. Sweet, creamy, and delicious, this is the perfect finish to an incredible Southern meal.

Insider Tip:

  • While Mama’s Farmhouse has several classic dishes, keep in mind that menu selections change every day. Have your heart set on a particular dish? Look up the daily menu or call ahead to make sure it’s available before you make your way to Pigeon Forge.